Actually, I'm not full-blooded. My mom was, but if she even knows who my dad was she's not telling! Some of my litter mates were chocolate-colored and I have black spots on my tongue, so you can guess that there is variety in my ancestry. I am two and a half years old and a svelte 50 pounds. I have shorter-than-normal lab ears that just barely flop over and bounce when I run.
Janet used Richard A. Wolters' books Water Dog and Home Dog to train me. She thinks they gave her great advice because I learned very quickly (I'll let her think it was the books). I liked the method because Janet just gives me praise and never yells at me. Well . . . ummm . . . except those few times when she said I did something bad. I ask you . . . what is so bad about bringing in a dead blue-jay and laying it on the couch or eating the insulation off the air-conditioning wiring? Of course, I've made up for the bad stuff by being very cute (of course) and doing some really clever things.
One day, when I was little, I got one end of the toilet paper in my mouth and pulled it out of the bathroom, through the bedroom, all the way down the hall and into the den. That was really fun! It was even more fun to watch Janet roll it all back up again!
My favorite inside toys are Mr. Squeaky and
I get somebody to throw them around and I (what else?) retrieve them. Sometimes I like to play hide-and-seek with them. I pretend that I'm a blood hound and sniff them out.
My favorite outside toy is my Tennis Ball I run and run and run and run and chase it and catch it and bring it back . . . and then we do it all again -- over and over and over -- as many times as I can convince someone to play!
My favorite treats are Milkbones and Ice cubes
Sometimes I get to eat them as reward for doing my tricks, sometimes just for being ME!